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What do you get if you subtract God and pineal glands from Descartes?

Wasn’t the ontological proof for the existance of a benevolent God the foundation of Cartesian rationalism? Descartes seemed to assume that not only was there a God, but that this God was good. He concluded that there was an external world outside of the human mind because God wouldn’t ‘decieve’ us like that. I understand this is coming from a 17th century Renaissance man, but doesn’t that seem a little unscientific?
Plus, what’s with the whole pineal gland thing??


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  1. Isn’t the pineal gland where your brain makes melatonin, thereby putting you to sleep?
    Rene Descartes was a drunken fart, “I drink, therefore I am!”

  2. Descartes seemed to have had is mind locked in to a totally dualistic philosophy that through reason naturally lead to his belief in the existence of a benevolent God. What he failed to realize was that the external mind he assigned to a god being outside of human experience, was nothing more than a more subtle aspect of human awareness. As for his pineal gland theory; seems his penchant for rationalism lead him to rationalize that surely the soul must exist within the center of the brain.

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